Mutt (G.I. Joe)

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Mutt
G.I. Joe character
MuttGIJoe.jpg
First appearance 1984
Voiced by Bill Morey (Sunbow/Marvel)
Dale Wilson (DiC, Operation Dragonfire)
Don Brown (DiC, Season 2)
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Dog Handler (K-9)
File name Perlmutter, Stanley R.
Birth place Iselin, New Jersey
SN RA757793443
Rank E-4 (Specialist)
Primary MOS Dog Handler
Secondary MOS Infantry
Subgroups Slaughter's Marauders
Drug Elimination Force
Anti-Venom Task Force

Mutt (along with his dog Junkyard) is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's dog handler (K-9), and debuted in 1984.

Profile[edit]

Mutt's real name is given as Stanley R. Perlmutter, and his rank that of Army Specialist SP-4 (E-4). He is a native of Iselin, New Jersey. His primary military specialty is dog handler and his secondary military specialty is infantry. On some occasions his rank is given as (Staff Sergeant) E-6.

Mutt's service record includes graduation from Jungle Warfare Training School, attachment to a cadre to the Special Ops School and a role as adviser to the Security and Enforcement Committee. Mutt is expert with the M-16, M-14, M1911A1 Auto Pistol and MAC-11.[1]

Mutt is characterised as a natural with animals, who had several pet dogs in his youth, which he trained exceptionally well. The smartest of these was Junkyard, who accompanied Mutt into the army. It is suggested that Junkyard is more popular than his master, since he is friendlier than Mutt. Following the retirement from service of the initial Junkyard, his offspring Junkyard II - who is as loyal, smart, and well-trained as his father - is now Mutt's partner.[2]

In the UK and European Action Force canon Mutt is listed as coming from Madrid in Spain.

Toys[edit]

Mutt, with his dog Junkyard, was first released as an action figure in 1984.[3] The figure was repainted and released as part of the Slaughter's Marauders line in 1989.[4]

A new version of Mutt and Junkyard was released as an action figure in 1992, as part of the DEF (Drug Elimination Force) line.[5] The figure was repainted and released as part of the Battle Corps line in 1993. This version was repainted and rereleased a third time as part of the G.I. Joe Collector's Convention in 2004.

In 2004, Mutt and Junkyard were released as part of a Toys R Us exclusive "Anti-Venom Task Force" 6-pack. The story behind the Anti-Venom Task Force, is that they are G.I. Joe's response to Doctor Mindbender and Cobra Commander turning civilians into dangerous monsters.[6]

Mutt & Junkyard were released as part of the DTC[vague] in 2005. This version is the only Mutt figure not to have facial hair. Mutt & Junkyard were released as part of the 25th anniversary line in 2008.

Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #25 (July 1984). In issue #26, Mutt, Torpedo, and Tripwire chase after Firefly and Wild Weasel when they try to escape. The two are captured and the Joe trio then have to deal with Cobra high command. There are running firefights and prisoners taken and lost. Eventually the Joe trio safely make it back to the Joe vessel 'The Jane'.[7]

He is featured in issues #140-142. Mutt, Junkyard and Spirit fight Cobra forces, including many Alley-Vipers, in Millville. The two had traveled there to visit Mutt's family and friends and were on hand to fight a Cobra take over. Though he Joes start a mini-resistance movement and fight back, the Cobra's use of adjustable brainwashing allow them to escape attention for some time. Spirit and Mutt are severely discredited.[volume & issue needed] The two are later exonerated in court.[8]

Mutt and Junkyard later work with the K9 MP team of Law and Order to provide perimeter security for the current Joe base.[volume & issue needed]

Devil's Due[edit]

In the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series he shows up in issue #14. It is revealed Junkyard had died during the seven years the team was disbanded. Mutt is working now with Junkyard's son. He had just been redrawn into the Joe team again; he is a week away from being assigned to one of their secondary bases.[9] Mutt meets up with Bazooka, Alpine, and Rock'N'Roll. They were visiting with Alpine in his new home of Delhi Hills. A few clues lead to the four Joes uncovering a massive Cobra outpost underneath the very bar they are drinking at. With the assistance of the others and Junkyard Junior, the Cobras are forced to flee town. Again, other Joes finds no evidence of Cobra activity; it is the veteran status of the four that keep them from real trouble.[10] Confirmation comes much later when an anonymous tip leads Joes to uncover more Cobra influence in Delhi Hills.[11]

Mutt is injured when Cobra officers invade 'The Coffin', G.I. Joe's Maximum Security prison. Junkyard Jr. is shown standing over him when Storm Shadow stops to check on the situation.[12]

Cartoon[edit]

Sunbow[edit]

Mutt first appeared in the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe cartoon in the Revenge of Cobra mini-series. Mutt was voiced by Bill Morey, while Junkyard's vocal effects are provided by Frank Welker.

In the episode 'Cobra Claws Are Coming To Town', Mutt reveals his parents neglected him during the holiday season.[13]

DiC[edit]

Mutt appears in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon, voiced by Dale Wilson.[14]

Popular culture[edit]

Mutt and Junkyard appear in the Robot Chicken episode "The Ramblings of Maurice" with Mutt voiced by Seth Green and Junkyard's vocal effects provided by Tom Kane. After Junkyard dies from eating a chocolate statue dedicated to Roadblock, Mutt alongside the rest of G.I. Joe honor Junkyard at the funeral where his body is shot into the ocean. In a post-credits scene, Mutt explains that dogs should not eat chocolate due to the toxic substance theobromine in it that causes theobromine poisoning.

Other works[edit]

In a 1995 study, Mutt and Junkyard are examined in relation to how G.I. Joe episodes relate to contemporary culture and marketing.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie, ed. G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 74. ISBN 0-87135-288-5. 
  2. ^ Hidalgo, Pablo (2009). G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide 1982-2008. Random House. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-345-51642-8. 
  3. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 100. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  4. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 125. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  5. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 140. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  6. ^ Anti-Venom Task Force at YOJOE.com
  7. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #25-28
  8. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #145
  9. ^ G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #14, (Jan 2002)
  10. ^ G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #15, (Feb 2002)
  11. ^ "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #23 (October 2003)
  12. ^ America's Elite #30 (2007)
  13. ^ "Cobra Claws Are Coming To Town". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. 
  14. ^ "The Voices of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1989, Animated Series) - Voice Cast Listing at Voice Chasers". Voicechasers.com. 1989-09-02. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  15. ^ Kline, Stephen (1995). Out of the garden: toys, TV, and children's culture in the age of marketing. Verso. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-85984-059-7. 

External links[edit]

  • Mutt at JMM's G.I. Joe Comics Home Page